Saturday, July 19, 2014

Remembering My Mom

My dear and loyal readers, please excuse the lack of posts being shared here the last few months.  As some of you know, my mom got very sick at the end of April and was diagnosed with cancer ... and since then her health declined quickly. 

At the end of June she was hospitalized for the 3rd time since her diagnosis.  This time she spent over two weeks in the hospital.  Her health rapidly declined during her hospital stay and on July 2nd my mom passed away.  She was 66 years old. 

Back in May, I wrote a little tribute recipe for my mom, Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Bon Bons ... at that time I had no idea my mom's health would decline so quickly, but I wanted her to know how much she meant to me.  Sadly, she never got to read the post, but I'm glad that her life is a little part of that recipe. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pineapple Agua Fresca {Honey Sweetened + Coconut Water}

During the hot summer months, my family loves to drink Agua Frescas.  These fresh waters are light + refreshing ... a perfect thirst quencher on a hot day.  Whip up a few batches and serve it at potlucks, barbecues, picnics or simply for your family to enjoy at the end of the day. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream {Dairy Free + Vegan}

Summer is here in Northern California and it is HOT ... 100+ degrees, no thank you!

When it's this hot I don't want to cook much, in fact all I want is cooling drinks like slushy, blended watermelon lemonade + lots of homemade ice cream.  Yes, I eat it all day long, I have no shame in that, especially when it's made with REAL, nourishing ingredients. 

Because my whole family loves ice cream, I decided to come up with something refreshing + slightly sweet.  My husband and I were talking about lemonade and I thought how perfect that would be paired with strawberries in ice cream form!  I also wanted this recipe to be super special because it was the first ice cream that Tiny Love would get to eat.  This recipe is extra special because I knew it would be nourishing for our baby + it's just so yummy. 

Tiny Love enjoying every bite ... can you tell she liked it?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Watermelon + Hibiscus Paletas

Latin paletas {also known as ice pops or popsicles} are usually made from fresh fruit ... some are cream-based, but most are water-based. 

Watermelon + Hibiscus are common flavors for authentic agua frescas ... they work perfectly together for paletas too!  These delicious flavors make a mouth-watering, refreshing pair.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Slow Cooker Tangy Pineapple Shredded Beef

Summertime is quickly approaching! 

I love my slow cooker!  It's so helpful being able to throw something together in the morning or around lunch time and have it be ready for dinner.  Plus, as the summer heats up, I don't want to use the oven much.  Using the slow cooker is so convenient + it doesn't heat up the house! 

Warmer weather makes me crave shredded beef with LOTS of homemade BBQ sauce + yummy tacos made by my husband {he makes the best, authentic tacos with shredded meat}.  

My shredded beef recipe is so easy to make + takes very little prep time.  You won't find any processed ingredients in this recipe either ... no refined sugars or ketchup!   

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Bon Bons {Dairy-Free Option}

CHOCOLATE + CHERRIES go so perfectly together!  

With this heat wave going on in Northern California, I knew I had to make some homemade ice cream ... I mean why not?  Ice cream is mandatory when summer heat hits!  At least it is in my book.  

One of my family's favorite fruits is cherries.  We all love them + I love ice cream, so I decided to make homemade cherry ice cream for us.  But I didn't stop there, I decided to make something extra special ... 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea Cooler

I can't drink Hibiscus Cooler without thinking about both of my pregnancies.  Each time I drink it, delicious sweet flavors waken my taste buds and take me back to beautiful memories ... my midwife fed it to me while I labored in the water {birthing tub} + my husband got cold glasses of it for me to sip on during my babymoon.  

Hibiscus has a very distinct, delightful taste ... tart, lemony + fruity.  It's heavenly paired with sweet, juicy strawberries.